The Arts and Business Council of Greater Philadelphia Announces 2014 Award Honorees

The 29th annual Awards Celebration honors exceptional volunteers from ABC programs, leadership and innovation within the arts and cultural community, distinction in the for-profit creative sector, and unique partnerships formed between the business and arts communities.

Philadelphia, PA, March 06, 2014 --( The Arts and Business Council of Greater Philadelphia (ABC) is pleased to announce the honorees of its 29th Annual Awards Celebration.

“By pure chance, our 2014 honorees have a focus on the visual arts; a coincidence which is very appropriate on the year that we move our event to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. By honoring the rich tradition of visual arts in the Philadelphia area, be it film, painting, photography, design, or sculpture, we are emphasizing the diverse mosaic of individuals and organizations that contribute to our region’s creative sector. We are honored to recognize such an exceptional group of leaders, innovators, partnerships and volunteers,” said ABC Executive Director Karin Copeland.

Nominated by their peers throughout the 11-county region and selected by a jury comprised of Arts & Business Council Advisory Board Members, the awards are presented in 10 categories:

Anne d’Harnoncourt Award for Artistic Excellence
Lee Daniels

G. Fred DiBona, Jr. Individual Leadership Award
Alfred P. West, Jr., Founder & CEO, SEI and Paige West, Curator, The West Collection

Business & Arts Partnership Award: Large Business with an Arts Organization
Art at the Airport: Philadelphia International Airport & Regional Artists and Cultural Organizations

Business & Arts Partnership Award: Small to Mid-Size Business with an Arts Organization
The Resource Exchange & Revolution Recovery

PNC Arts Alive Award for Innovation in Honor of Peggy Amsterdam

Creative Economy Award for Distinction in a For-Profit Creative Field
ex;it + J2 Design Partnership

Business On Board Volunteer Leader of the Year
Andrea Wikerd, Senior Manager, Ernst & Young LLP

Business Volunteer for the Arts Volunteer of the Year
David Othmer, Retired Station Manager, WHYY

Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts Volunteers of the Year
James Holman, Partner, Duane Morris LLP

Technology Connectors Volunteer of the Year
Ricardo Torres, Senior Manager, North Highland and Creative Arts Ambassador

The Arts & Business Council Awards Celebration 2014 is sponsored by: The Bancorp Bank; Comcast|NBC10 | Telemundo; Fisher & Phillips LLP; Independence Blue Cross; KPMG; PECO; PNC Arts Alive; PwC; Safeguard Scientifics; Saul Ewing LLP.

The regional business, legal, technology and creative communities are invited to join the 2014 honorees and event sponsors to celebrate at the Arts & Business Council Awards Celebration 2014 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art on Tuesday, May 13, 2014. The celebration features a theater style awards ceremony, a cocktail soiree with a dinner buffet, and ample time to network.

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About the Arts & Business Council of Greater Philadelphia
The Arts & Business Council of Greater Philadelphia (ABC) strengthens our creative sector, including arts, culture and for-profit creative businesses, by engaging the business, legal & technology communities, providing capacity-building services, and serving as a thought leader and a convener. ABC, with the support of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, is uniquely positioned to actively connect the creative sector with the business, legal and technology communities. For more information, visit
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Anna Stokes